Blueprint Gaming managing director Simon Barff joins staff in waving off cyclist
Blueprint Gaming managing director Simon Barff joins staff in waving off cyclist

Three cyclists have set off on a 400-mile road trip to raise money for the Children’s Bereavement Centre at Newark.

The three staff from Blueprint Gaming, on Northern Road, selected the charity, which provides free support to children aged three to 18 to help them with the loss of someone close, as beneficiary of their fundraising activities.

Gavin Wright, Andy Hall and Nicola Wallbank hope to raise £20,000 and have already passed the halfway point.

The cyclists set off on Monday for the company’s Gauselmann factory in Espelkamp, Germany — to the cheers of many of their 100 co-workers.

They were due to travel south towards Harwich, covering 170 miles over the first two days, before getting the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland.

Once on the continent, they planned to cycle through the Netherlands throughout day three, covering just over 120 miles.

HR officer Orinta Jakubonyte said the company wanted to support a local charity that cared for the most vulnerable. 

Staff voted for the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

“We were all so very impressed with the work they do,” Orinta said.

The trio expect to arrive in Germany today and will have spent around 25 hours in the saddle.

They are supported by a back-up driver, James Lowe.

Staff in Newark are running a sweepstake on their arrival time to help boost the funds and add to the interest.

Kate Baxter, a director at the Children’s Bereavement Centre, visited the Newark base to see the cyclists off.

She said: “It is such a huge amount of money that they have raised for us already.

“It is a tough challenge they are doing.”

To donate to the cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/blueprintmachines

Blueprint Gaming is a leading UK-based game studio and part of Germany’s Gauselmann Group.

It creates slot games for the global online and mobile markets. Its games are also available to be played on more than 100,000 gaming machines across the UK, Germany and Italy.